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Marvel’s new era post-Avengers: Endgame heated up this past week with the Loki finale and release of Black Widow. One movie fans seem to keep coming back to in anticipation is Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which has the potential to feature Tom Hiddleston’s God of Mischief alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch. The WandaVision star recently divulged a bit of a tease about Doctor Strange 2 and apparently very much leaning into the horror genre.
The actress, who received a Doctor Strange tease at the end of WandaVision early this year, shared some tidbits about her fifth Marvel movie. As she put it:
It’s a very scary movie. It’s old Sam Raimi. They’re trying to create the scariest Marvel movie. So there’s that.
Now this is exciting. When Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was originally announced at San Diego Comic Con back in 2019, it was described as the “first scary MCU movie.” However, when Scott Derrickson left the movie due to creative differences, fans were confused about what was going on with it and if the studio perhaps wasn’t ready to go full horror on us. But now Elizabeth Olsen is gushing about how “scary” it is.
Doctor Strange 2’s director Sam Raimi is best known for helming the original Spider-Man trilogy starring Tobey Maguire, but the filmmaker is also famous for his contributions to horror, namely with the Evil Dead movies. Marvel has been exploring a lot of different subgenres with its movies lately and it’s exciting to hear Multiverse of Madness is going there.
Previously, Elizabeth Olsen spoke to the movie’s scariness by sharing how the movie will explore the “feeling of constant fear and thrill and misleads” that horror movies are so famous for. Along with her more recent comments about Doctor Strange 2 perhaps being the franchise’s scariest work, she said this (via Marvel Updates):
It was really hard. Sam Raimi is lovely, and I got to learn a lot from him. It was odd going from WandaVision and bringing this character to a different film that felt more based in the Marvel films. I felt like I was putting on old shoes.
WandaVision truly belonged to Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany’s Marvel characters. Moving forward, the character is back as a secondary character involved in a two-hour affair that surely won’t go as much in depth as the Disney+ series did. The streaming series was just nominated for 23 Emmys among the award show’s other accolades for comic book TV.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is set to come to theaters on March 25, 2022. You can check out the full MCU lineup following Black Widow here on CinemaBlend.